He said he’d been told the deal was “extremely close” with the Athletic reporting that it would be worth £375,000-a-week, a massive £19.5m-a-year.
Crafton made the claim on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning, as Laurie Whitwell said the club had been looking at Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Everton’s Jordan Pickford as potential replacements if he didn’t sign.
David De Gea is on the brink of his new deal at #mufc – told it’s extremely close now – but some interesting details in this piece by @lauriewhitwell on how United monitored Pickford and Oblak as anxiety remained this summer. https://t.co/ytHURaa9GX
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) September 11, 2019
Big boost for Solskjaer
There’s no doubt that this would be a huge boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It had been said that terms had been agreed in principle on the de Gea deal after the team’s pre-season tour, but the delay in signing has made United fans very twitchy.
With good reason, too. De Gea is out of contract next summer and the Athletic reported that Juventus are serious about their interest in the goalie and that they could offer him an even more lucrative deal.
He could start talking to them as early as January with a free transfer in the summer giving him the upper hand in any contract negotiations.
However, it does look like de Gea will sign a new deal now and at 28-years-old he’s still one of the best keepers in the world.
He didn’t have his best season last campaign but still made close to three saves per 90 minutes. [WyScout]
He’s kept 129 clean sheets in 377 games for United and has been with the club for eight years.
With Harry Maguire settling in in front of him, there’s a feeling that Solskjaer has made the change at the back that was needed. Getting de Gea to sign a new long-term contract would be another huge boost for the fans.